Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Finish What You Started by Kathryn Lively

In this business, it gets hot under the spotlight…

Once a teen idol, Gabby Randall now spends her time behind the camera. With her show Danse Macabre scripted and a greenlit for a popular streaming site, she has everything she wants…except her star. Deadlines are looming and she’s desperate to cast the role of a modern-day, motorcycle-riding Grim Reaper. She never thought she’d end up hiring her former co-star, TV’s most beloved geek…and her ex-husband.

Until the day he dies, people will remember Dash Gregory as Freddie ‘Grody’ Grodin, the token geek friend of the cool kids at Wondermancer High. After years of casting agents overlooking him for plum roles, Dash wants to show Hollywood he’s more than a one-note player. He’s ready to break the vicious typecasting cycle, and he’s set his sights on the lead role in a sexy new series too hot for network TV.

When the director yells “Cut!” the star wants to keep up the action behind the scenes. Are Dash and Gabby willing to make ratings history again?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This series mixes second chance romance with a behind the scenes look at grown up Hollywood stars. Solid writing and well developed characters add substance to a glamourous, gossipy beach read.

This is the story of two former child stars struggling to make their marks as adults. Ten years ago, Gabby and Dash eloped in Vegas after finishing a popular series. The marriage was very short lived and the elapsed ten years have been more than a little bit difficult. When Dash and Gabby meet again, she is about to finally produce her own show while he is desperate to be cast in the leading role.

The ten-year time lapse between the prologue and the main story allows for satisfying character growth and relationship development. Gabby’s transformation is inspiring while Dash’s world-weary persona is hard won. I loved the chemistry between these two characters, I enjoyed their friendship and I loved the way the author refrains from adding any unnecessary angst between these two. All the drama centres around two emerging new careers in a difficult business.

The insider look at a Hollywood set and the intriguing cast of supporting characters adds glamour and charm to the story. From pushy parents to spurned ex-lovers, this feels at times like a Hollywood exposé. Combined with warm, complex characters, this reminds me of an American Louise Bagshaw story.

I really enjoyed this story and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

Kathryn Lively is an award-winning writer and editor, avid Whovian, and Rush (the band) fan. She loves chocolate and British crisps and is still searching for a good US dealer of Japanese Kit Kat bars.

Kathryn is a regular contributor to the Sexy To Go authors group and enjoys the outdoors, when she’s able to get out.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Finish What You Started (ExStream Love #1) by Kathryn Lively to read and review.

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